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ruler, muammar gaddafi, libya and its citizens entered a critical transition time. ambassador stevens once described this as "a time of great excitement as the libyan people first experienced freedom, but also a time of significant trepidation for what might come next." ambassador stevens obviously was correct. ambassador kennedy, benghazi was the cradle of the revolution. could you explain the importance of the diplomatic mission in libya and the special post in benghazi? >> thank you, sir. benghazi was the cradle of the revolution. there are essentially two major parts of libya, east and west. in order to help the libyans move forward, to help them take advantage of their new-found freedom and build a democratic structure, we could not hunker down and, we could not stay out. as i mentioned earlier, the state department has to go into harm's way. if we're going to advance u.s. national security interests, we cannot retreat, we have to go, to use the colloquialism, we have to go where the action is. we will take every step we can to mitigate the risk to the personal abroad, but we can
, ambassador stevens was being visited by the turkish ambassador. and the coordinated attack lasted for hours with al qaeda-associated militia. my belief is that that was known by the administration within 24 hours. and, quite frankly, susan rice, on your show on september 16, the president on the 18th, the and the 25th, kept talkin talking about an attack inspired by a video. they're trying to sell a narrative, quite frankly, that the middle east, the wars are receding and al qaeda's been dismantled, and to admit that our embassy was attacked by al qaeda operatives and libya leading from behind didn't work. i think undercut that narrative. they never believed the media would investigate. congress was out of session, and this caught up with them. i think they have been misleading us, but it finally caught up with them. >> schieffer: well, that is a very serious charge you just leveled, senator graham. >> uh-huh. >> schieffer: are you saying the administration deliberately misled the american people to make it look as if terrorism i is-- is not as much of a threat as apparently it is? >> eithe
asked about ambassador stevens, a skilled career diplomat, and how he dealt with threats related to security. we told me that when there was a perceived threat in his running, he ceased running. when you and the colonel came up with an acceptable way to continue basin where he went, he ran again, but only under your authority and recommendation, is that correct? >> it is correct, chairman. >> did he do what you thought when you recommended it? did he change it at any time based on what you thought was best for his security? >> at no time or any concerns raised to me by ambassador stevens. the colonel, a senior member of the team, there were general concerns there might be over his schedule. one of wall received this morning was posted to facebook, we came across that threat as a result. senator mccain came out to post to review the elections, in early july. my point is that he was absolutely responsive when he referred to our concerns. >> thank you. yesterday you told us in testimony that you received from mr. nordstrom a recommendation, but not a request for more security. you a
that there was a beloved local sheriff named steven sorensen had been ambushed at a trailer in a remote town near lancaster in the city where i was visiting mark. it was quite a violent incident according to the early reports and by then it was an hour to after we had heard the first sirens. there were choppers flying around and six or seven different police agencies were converging with the huge and rapidly escalating manhunt. mark turned to me and said this sounds like your kind of story. he was sort of half joking but when joshua trees are involved i'm usually right there. even though i do break for sand and the desert is often the main character i don't respond to every siren i hear and i don't do that kind of reporting even though the story "desert reckoning" and ironically enough. i guess i have with this book. which took eight years by the way. at any rate we started watching the coverage as it unfolded that afternoon and it turned out that the two main characters involved were very compelling to me. there was a dedicated hermit donald cook who was a suspect in the shooting and he had fled after amb
personal responsibility for every representative he sends around the world. he knew chris stevens. he admired chris stevens. so look, we want to get to the bottom of it and the first order of business is to bring to justice those who committed this heinous pant an act and sy find out what adjustments need to be made to further secure our diplomats around the world. >> chris: does the president take personal responsibility rest.e fact that rest. petersburged requests for -- repeated requests for more security were made and rejected. does he take personal responsibility for that? >> at the topline level the president of the united states is responsible for everything that happens on his watch. these were judgments made by the security folks at the state department and, of course, we are going review that whole process and see how those decisions are made and why those decisions were made and how we adjust in the future to make sure that we are giving our diplomats the maximum protection we can. the reality is that many of these folks serve in dangerous places in the world and you can't
four americans, including u.s. ambassador to libya, christine. we are back with brett stevens and he had core natural board member matt kominski. matt, you followed the hearings this week. what did we learn that we didn't know? >> i think three things principally. first of all, we learned there was no protest at the benghazi consulate. >> nonat all? >> no. and others knew this much earlier than the administration. second, they definitely thought it was a terrorist attack earlier than they made clear. the third thing we learned, repeated requests to boost security he libyan mission were turn down and an elite force led by ltd. col. wood of 16 men was pulled out in august. >> pulled out? >> and extended into the fall. >> we have a clip at the debate because benghazi was a big topic at the vice presidential debate. let's listen. >> our ambassador in paris has a marine attachment guarding him. shouldn't we have a marines guarding our ambassador in benghazi, a place we any there was an al-qaeda cell with arms? >> well we weren't toll they wanted more security and we did not know they want
the intelligence community. they will investigate the attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. rough weather nation's mid. mainly because of a cold front. hitting parts of kansas, oklahoma and texas. tornado warnings where residents are advised to seekelt sher and tornado watches in oklahoma and texas. i am mary ann rafferty. back to the journal report. >> a number. new polls have said romney is enjoying a post debate bounce. the average of national polls this week put him in the lead for the first time. with the run can candidate also gaining ground among key voting groups and in some important swing states. is the surge real and what can mitt romney do to sustain it? for answers we turn to republican pollster witt, ayer. a couple weeks back before the debate when the republicans thought it was over, you were saying, no, this race is a lot closer. where does it stand now? >> thank you, paul. that was a pretty easy call. [laughter] >> today if you look at the effect of the debate, it's pretty significant. i'm talking about the first presidential debate. >> righ
of september 11 with embassador stevens and three others kills. the answer she's getting to have a couple f.b.i. agents and somebody from a u.s. attorney's office call and tougher answer questions is incredible. >> she said she met with president obama saying she cried on his shoulder and leon panetta held her face in his hands and said they would tell her the truth and she's saying the government is lying. >> there are only two explanations. one is that there's a coverup going on for political reasons and i think that's a view that's increasingly widespread among the american people. the other is ideology prevents the president even to this day and many in his administration from processing reality from seeing anything that's different different from their world view. it's not that the intelligence is not coming in. it's there there's a screen over their consciousness. they can't understand what is actually happening in libya and the threats we face. i find that more disturbing than a coverup. at least with a coverup, they know the true. if it's ideology we're in danger if the president ge
.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, the first ambassador to be murdered since 1979, 33 years ago. >> charlene lamb, the state deputy assistant secretary, testified that she and the department did not support the request for more security. according to lamb, given the information available, the number of security agents, called assets, was adequate. >> we had the correct number of assets in benghazi. >> as to the number of assets, chairman ice issa said this. people are in the hospital recovering because it only took moments to breach that facility somehow doesn't seem to ring true to the american people. >> the chairman's point was reinforced this week by the dozens of heavily armed men. >> question. given the facts that have come out since the september 11th benghazi attacks, can it be sad with certainty that there was adequate forewarning of the security gaps but inadequate follow through by the department of state mort? >> that is the only conclusion you can take from it. plenty of warning, they wanted more police protection for the embassy and it was not given. in fact they had virtually
on benghazi. clinton said chris stevens knew the risk when he volunteered for the assignment. he was a speaker for north africa. this is 40 minutes. >> none of them are very hard. the first job is i want to welcome my friends and ambassadors. we honored that you came to join us today. second i want to ask after our keynote address is done, you all remain in your seats to help get the party out of the room. and my third task is to introduce somebody who needs less of an introduction than anybody in washington. general brother croft is national security advice tor to ford and bush. a graduate of west point. i think for all of us who have worked with him he's a model of judgment here in washington. he's a counselor and trustee of crirks is and i introduce general to introduce our keynote speaker. thank you. >> good afternoon. it's a real pleasure for me to be able to stand here for jon and introduce our speaker today. it's a testimony to the importance of north africa, to global security that the secretary of state has taken time to address this conference oh on the ma grab in transition. the for
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that they knew immediately it was a terrorist act. >> why was mbassador steven in benghazi? is it possible he was free lancing? >> no. no, no. he had meetings with local leaders and he had just side're said goodbye to the turbish ambassador and he had walked him out to the front of the consulate, it was a calm night and and he came back to you in the build all of the sudden, the assault came about. >> you think somebody in the libyan government is culpable and ratted him out? >> i don't know. you have been to the places and i have seen you cover places like this. libya is a place that is governed by militias and they are fragile because of all of the security issue that is exist in the country. i don't know. but i will say this, it was obviously known to people in the community that were meeting with him he was there and the initial comments about the fact that he was on vacation and he just happened to come in and check on folks that was fictitious. >> we'll watch with great about the probe that went forth. i know you made a stop on the jordan and syrian border. >> the arab spring no doubt u
-- benghazi which killed four americans including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. the administration is under increasing criticism for initially refusing to call the attacks terrorism. in an exchange with bob schieffer on face the nation senator lindsey graham a senior member of the senate arms services committee was harsh. >> i think they have been misleading us but it finally caught up. >> schieffer: that si a very serious charge that you've just leveled, senator graham. are you saying that the administration deliberately mislead the american people to make it look as if terrorism is-- is not as much of a threat as apparently it is? >> either they are misleading the american people or incredibly incompetent. they are very political when it comes to foreign policy. when something goes bad, they deny, they deceive and they delay. >> reporter: libya became an issue last week on the campaign trail, especially after thursday's vice presidential debate when joe biden said the white house wasn't informed of multiple requests for more security at the consulate. >> we weren't told they wanted more s
point to the fact -- and they didn't used to be able to when david suter and john paul stevens were still on the court. they often voted with the appointees who were democratic appointees so that the 5-4 decisions always five republican appointees versus four democratic. now that they're off, it often does turn that way, but that is not because they are voting their politics. not because they're voting for the republicans or voting for the democrats. it's because they have been selected by the republicans or selected by the democrats precisely because of their judicial philosophy. so it should be no surprise that the five appointed by the republicans tend to have a certain judicial philosophy and the four appointed by the democrats tend to have a different one. i mean, that's what elections have been about for a long time. >> when you lose a -- or a case goes against what you would like it to go, what do you do? do you go have a few drinks? chill out? how do you deal with failure like that? because these are big deals. you're a supreme court judge. >> probably mutter something under
this in our own debate setting and one on one interview with steven colbert in character and out of character as he talks about the political race and system he tries to expose. >> sounds like a good show. we will be watching. david, thanks. >> ai thanks, lester. >> you can catch the next presidential debate news night at 9:00 eastern, 6 awning pacific here on nbc. >> tom is over at the news desk. hey, good morning. >> good morning jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. another person died from the outbreak of a rare form of meningitis. 15 people have died and 198 people have been infected in more than a dozen states. >>> overseas where the shooting of a girl while on hes her way home from school horrified people in pakistan and internationally. the girl was shot for promoting girl's administration. >> a navy submarine off the east coast saturday evening is under investigation bit military. the pentagon says no one was hurt and both vessels are now under their own power. the submarine, uss mont pillier and uss were in operations when they collided. >>> space shuttle endeavour is on the jou
at aei, brett stevens, "the wall street journal's" jurial and the public policy of the national university of singapore. welcome back to all of you. bill, what did you make of what was billed as romney's major foreign policy address? >> the interesting thing to me was when you strip away the rhett rinne and the high-minded talk about leadership, he's not that different from obama and on a couple of points it seemed to me he moved a little closer to president obama, play-by-play analogous to the way he moved to the middle on domestic policy in the first debate. >> diane, you wrote an article in the op-ed times calling him the kind of stark substantive contrast or at least a vision, wasn't so clear it was a contrast. what did you think of it? did he deliver for you in. >> i thght he delivered to me up to a point. i think he made a lot of effort to be more pacific than he has. you know, the campaign on foreign policy has really been plagued by a certain vagueness in this obama has run on his record and romney has run as not obama but none of it has any real texture to it. i think h
stevens, comes on the court case as an appointee of joe ford and is ended still alive. there are a lot of cases going back many years that are not open. but i was more interested in his personal papers, his letters to his children. his letters to his family. his diary entries and the books that he made notes about. all that is just fascinating. thousands upon thousands of files that are out there. >> that is great. several of the justices also had open their papers. one judge kept every note that william rehnquist wrote him. >> guest: the entirety of those notes with no restrictions at all. even though is papers are not supposed to be open, i think, but his papers are very helpful. i was very pleased. i have to thank them for those towel documents. that shows a side of william rehnquist as the papers of him that was very important to reveal. thinking of lewis powell, key and william rehnquist came in in january of 1972. please talk about the role that william rehnquist played in his own selection when it comes to washington. where we left off in our first segment, he becomes an assista
christopher stevens. there's still a push to learn about security concerns in the days and weeks that led up to the assault. but tonight, new questions emerging about the initial response from the white house. first, telling the american people the attack was a spontaneous reaction to a youtube video critical of islam and that of course turned out not to be true with the obama administration admitting days later it was in fact a pre-planned terrorist attack, and now growing allegations and the white house deliberate deceived the public. >> either they're misleading the american people or critically incompetent. there was no way with anybody looking at all, that an attack based on a riot that never occurred. there was no riot at all. to say that you're very incompetent or misleading. >> harris: the white house saying their response all along had been based on what they'd been told by the intelligence community. and senior advisor david axelrod says there's nobody more concerned about figuring out what happened than president obama. >> look, we want to get to the bottom of it. the first order
stevens' own father said today this shouldn't be a political issue. this should be an issue we get to the bottom of for our investigation. we should bring those that did this to justice. >> the deaths are incredibly tragic to everyone in america. i assume you would believe also for the romney campaign, but the question here, you know, when you look at it that they're driving at -- the republican side is driving at why wasn't there more security, and more to the point, why was there so much bad information coming out about what happened? >> well, look, again, let me go back to this testimony that was given at the hearing. those at the state department said that the very thing that everybody has been saying at every moment in this great tragedy has been the best information that we have when we have it available. we're learning stuff each and every day about what happened. that's what an investigation is supposed to do. let me ask you this. let's figure out what happened, but, you know what, we don't need wing-tipped cowboys or shoot from the hip diplomacy and when mitt romney first
that was not in place in benghazi at the consulate when ambassador chris stevens was killed. this came up in the vice presidential debate, and biden answered, and then romney answered the following day based on that answer. let me play both of those now and we'll discuss it. >> and they wanted more security. >> well, we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. >> he's doubling down on denial. and we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to people just brushing this aside. when the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> it sounds, governor granholm, you have the vice president and the white house saying the next day, well, it didn't come directly to the white house. there were other people who handle all of that. the white house is saying one thing. the state department another. the white house saying the intelligence community gave them this information. kind of distancing t
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